FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The road to a 6-0 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference start was an easy one as the Marian University men's basketball team turned 19 Concordia University Chicago turnovers into 25 points en route to a 76-51 rout inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this afternoon, Dec. 14. Senior Jeff Harris scored 13 points to eclipse 1,000 for his career.
The Sabres got off to a slow start, but the offense was soon invigorated into an 11-0 run into a 20-point halftime lead and never looked back. Led by 17 points from senior Sam Koslowski, the Sabres put three players in double figures. The Marian bench came up big as well, outscoring the Cougars, 44-16, in the win.
Marian won for the sixth straight time to improve to 7-3 overall, 6-0 in the NACC, while Concordia Chicago fell to 2-6 (0-5 NACC) with the loss.
The Cougars scored four of the game's first six points out of the gate to take a brief two-point lead before Koslowski and Elan Solvik spearheaded an 11-0 run to give Marian a 13-4 advantage at the 15:30 mark of the first half.
The Sabres would keep their feet on the gas with a 12-2 run later in the half before eventually taking a 36-16 lead into the break. The final bucket for the Sabres came from Harris with 51 seconds remaining and equaled 1,000 career points to become the 16th Sabre in history to eclipse the career milestone.
Fellow senior Cody Veleke reached the mark earlier this year and Koslowski will also have the chance to do so as he's just 169 points away.
Marian shot just 38.6 percent (14-for-36) in the opening period, but outscored Concordia Chicago 20-2 off turnovers and 15-2 in bench points.
The Cougars would cut the deficit to 10 points, 40-30, by the 15:20 mark in the second half. The 13-4 spurt was aided by a wide foul discrepancy that saw Marian pick up its seventh team foul just five minutes into the half. However, that margin would tighten quickly and the lead grew at a comparable rate following a 17-5 run over the next four minutes that equaled Marian's largest lead of the game at 22 points, 57-35.
The Sabres shot 42.6 percent (29-for-68) compared to 44.7 percent (21-for-47) for the Cougars. Marian won the rebounding battle, 37-36, as well as, points in the paint, 34-28.
Brad Koth put in 22 quality minutes off the bench with 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Montrell Hobbs and Josh Creed chipped in seven and six points, respectively. Elan Solvik led Marian with six rebounds to go along with eight points. The all-around team effort allowed the Sabres not to have to rely heavily on Veleke, who turned in just four points on 2-of-5 shooting in just 19 minutes.
Marian will look to keep its success streak alive as it heads to Aurora to take on the second-place Spartans (7-3, 5-1 NACC) next Friday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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